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Festivities Feature Fall, Holiday Theme
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The familiar chill of fall is in the air, with Halloween this week, leading to a flurry of activity up until the end of the year.

Escalon United Methodist Church will help residents kick off the holiday shopping season on Saturday, Oct. 30, hosting the annual Holiday Bazaar put on by the church. There will be a variety of homemade and handmade goods for sale. Items that will be for sale range from strawberry rhubarb jams and jellies, homemade biscotti, wood crafts, towels, decorations, Cal and Gail Cardoza's famous homemade spaghetti sauce and more, as well as a quilt that will be featured in an opportunity drawing. The day will also include a soup and pie luncheon, available for sale, with homemade potato ham and cheese soup and chili soup, plus a slice of homemade pie. Workers gather each Wednesday to continue adding crafts to the sale table and all are welcome to help out, with a final workday on Oct. 27.

Escalon library will also join in the weekend fun, presenting a 'Halloween Fun, Crafts 'n Costume Parade' beginning at 2 p.m. The entire family is invited to the library on Second Street to share stories, crafts and refreshments. After the fun inside concludes, participants will take part in a costume parade around the block downtown. Organizers hope this will become an annual Escalon Branch Library Halloween costume parade. All are invited to come dressed in their prettiest, silliest, scariest costume - or just come as yourself and enjoy some Halloween fun.

And for those that haven't yet had time to get a pumpkin to carve, take the opportunity to visit the Escalon Covenant Church Youth Group Pumpkin Patch. The fundraising pumpkin patch will be open this Friday and Saturday. Patch hours will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Pumpkins will be priced at $2, $4 or $6 depending on size and proceeds benefit the youth group and its various service projects through the church.